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Thursday, October 12, 2017

#CJSReads REVIEW: Nail's Crossing by Kris Lackey


Nail's Crossing
(Bill Maytubby & Hannah Bond Mystery #1)
by Kris Lackey
Blackstone Publishing


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Synopsis from Goodreads:

This debut mystery from a fresh voice in Southwestern fiction stakes out the common ground between Tony Hillerman, Elmore Leonard, and Cormac McCarthy. 

In a remote corner of the Chickasaw Nation, tribal Lighthorse policeman Bill Maytubby and county deputy Hannah Bond discover the buzzard-ravaged body of Majesty Tate, a young drifter with a blank past. They comb Oklahoma’s rock prairie, river bottoms, and hard-bitten small towns for traces of her last days. 

Tate was seen dancing with Austin Love, a violent local meth dealer fresh out of prison. An Oklahoma City motel clerk connects her with an aspiring politician. An oil-patch roustabout and a shady itinerant preacher provide dubious leads. Ne’er-do-wells start dying off. 

A fluke lead propels Maytubby deep into Louisiana’s bayou country, where a Cajun shrimper puts him on the scent of a bizarre conspiracy. He and Bond reunite in the Chickasaw Nation for the eventual face-off at Nail’s Crossing.

My Review:












Southwestern fiction debut mystery novel! Maytubby and Bond are fun characters to see play off each other. A solid debut. The only thing that really put me off a bit was the Southwestern verbiage with the Cajun flare tossed it. I could never get past it in Season 1 of True Blood either so it's definitely just a me thing. It did take away from some of my enjoyment of this otherwise twisty little mystery. However, I think once you get used to the writing style, it tends to flow a little better but it took me a bit to get to that point.

The author does a great job in making you feel like you're in the Southwest and that was a pleasure for me to envision. Throw in some bad guys, drugs, corruption and mysterious deaths and you've got me! Lots of secondary characters which was a little confusing at times, but they were unique and helped add some spice to the story. 

I can see this series taking off once you get into the character flow and into the nitty gritty of Maytubby and Bond's lives. I'm curious to see how the author moves forward.



★★★ 1/2


Jessica's Thoughts:














This is the start to a new crime series featuring Maytubby and Bond. NAIL'S CROSSING by Kris Lackey is definitely different than any other police procedural I've read recently, so that's probably what help my interest. This is one that I can see people either enjoying or not liking.
The story starts with the discovery of a woman's body and they must work together to trace her steps in her last days to find out what lead to her death. Lackey brings us through the scorching landscape of the Chicksaw Nation in Oklahoma.
The characters are definitely more unique than you'd find in most police procedurals. I think that's what stood out to me and made this a more entertaining read. I like when there's a slight variation on these genres. The dynamic between Maytubby and Bond is fun and they play off each other very well. It was interesting seeing the cultural differences between them and how that played a role in them tracking down this killer. I enjoyed Lackey's writing style - the only thing that got confusing was the number of secondary characters. Those got a little muddled together and lost focus on the plot of the story for a little bit.
Overall, if you want a unique spin on a police procedural with diverse characters, then you'll love this new series. If you're looking for something more plot driven, then this might not be fore you. Lackey focuses more on the character development to help the story along (not a bad thing!) This was a solid debut and I'll be looking for book two to see where Maytubby and Bond go.
I give this 4/5 stars!


Sam's Thoughts:





I am always keen to start a new series, especially when I am able to catch the story from the beginning.  Needless to say, I was completely intrigued when #cjsreads decided to add Nail’s Crossing, a brand new series, by Kris Lackey to our October line up.  This novel is the first in a series that will focus on policeman, Bill Maytubby, and Hannah Bond, the county deputy. 
 
The novel opens with the discovery of female body that brings Maytubby and Bond together to try and trace her final days.  I have to be honest from the beginning of this review: I didn’t love this novel.
 
Personally, my biggest issues with this novel came from the pacing and the voice of the characters.  I felt like there was a whole heck of a lot going on. I was waiting for something to happen to knock me off my feel or send the story into overdrive, but I didn’t feel like that happened.   As for the voice, the novel sort of bends back and forth between the case and the personal lives of the characters and this to me was very confusing.  I felt like the gears were being switched without much rhyme or reason and I found it hard to stay focused on the plot.
 
One thing that I can applaud, and what was my favourite part of the novel, was that I loved the diversity of the characters.   I did enjoy the Southern vibe and the cultural differences between the lead characters.
 
If you are a fan of police procedurals and are looking for something that feels a little bit different than your typical read, this might appeal to you.  However, if you are looking for something very straightforward and easily digestible, this one will probably not hold your interest.
 
I gave it 2/5 stars. 


Big thank you to Blackstone Publishing for these copies in return for our honest opinions.

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